Nothing eases the pain of getting ready in the morning like having an arsenal of go-to outfits to fall back on. Whether it’s a classic dress-and-shoe combo, a suit styling tip, or an all-denim look that’s anything but boring, we could all use some more outfit ideas for when we’re in a pinch. That’s why today, we’re looking to eight of our favorite L.A.-based influencers (and all-around style stars) to inspire over a week’s worth of looks that, simply put, work every time. From Aimee Song to Julie Sariñana, these women know a thing or two about making L.A. style their own. Each inspiring It girl has a unique look, yet they’ve all figured out the formula for acing the very best California-cool fashion—and now you can too. Scroll through to see and shop the looks for yourself, and don’t forget to save your favorites for the next time you’re in a bind.
Walk tall in this spring’s most sophisticated version of the strappy gladiator sandals. This accessories trend is here to stay and will add a glamorous touch to any outfit.The bag possibilities during summer are endless, but nothing beats the little black one — timeless, minimalistic and always on-trend.The way we wear scarves has been reinvented this season and the prints aren’t just for accessories anymore – but for all of your clothes. Mix and match different patterns and tie one in your hair, on your bag, around your neck. Yes, there are endless ways to wear it!For extra outfit points, you should add something that shines — like a ring or two, or ten. Dare to go for smaller and skinnier rings and wear them on your knuckles for a more interesting look.If you are looking for new ways to accessorize boldly this season, make sure your accessories are supersized. The oversized straw hat is the most stylish way to shield your face from the sun and make a fashion statement at the same time.Chains are back with a BOOM — wear them around your neck or let them hang casually around your waist. Who doesn’t love an accessory that can multitask?A must-have in your vacation wardrobe? Artsy statement-making earrings! Match with your most extravagant dress for an on-trend look.The bigger the bag the better, at least according to the runways. Keep a firm grip on your most trusted companion — preferably in straw — and you’ve definitely won some extra style points, just by carrying your everyday essentials around.70s-inspired shades are already proving to be one of spring and summer’s most fun trends. These toned sunglasses will be the chicest way to shield your eyes this summer.Up your fashion game by crowning your look with a pastel pink bucket bag. Throw it over your shoulder and conquer the day.
Want to update your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank? Some great jewellery should do the trick. We selected the best new jewellery trends that will make you stand out from the crowd, including sea shell earrings, Retro headscarves and wooden bangles…Sea shell jewellery reminiscent of old-school holiday souvenirs first emerged last summer, and we’re sticking to it this year. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, anklets – deck yourself in sea-inspired jewellery to bring a touch of summer to your everyday.Taking over from last season’s tortoiseshell, colour-pop resin will be a massive trend come spring. Go for geometrical shapes and print-mix styles to nod to the ’80s and pair them with structured blouses to create an elegant juxtaposition.Yes, animal print is still a thing. Right now we’re loving patterned earrings and wooden bangles, as well as snake-inspired necklaces. Updating a plain outfit has never been this easy.Wood, wicker, straw and raffia continue to rise in popularity when it comes to accessories and natural fabrications in general are set to become one of the biggest trends this year. Invest in some jewellery pieces now to be one step ahead.Don’t underestimate hair accessories as a way to transform your look. This season we’re looking to Retro headscarves and scarf-print scrunchies to integrate into our favourite hairstyles.
Fashion month always has one dangerous side effect: It makes us want to shop. We’re not just talking about the clothes on the runway, as the street style set is usually the group that determines whether items will become cult pieces or not. We are now on the third week of the monthlong schedule, having already checked off Copenhagen, New York, and London, and there are a number of items that have already emerged as hero buys for the new season.
So far, Saks Potts has come out on top, with its statement-collar coat cropping up on every continent, while Chloé’s new C Bag is slowly but surely gathering a sizable fan club. Other highlights include Boyy’s buckled bags, statement pink jackets, and high-street trench coats—so much to get inspired by. Keep scrolling through the gallery below for this season’s ultimate street style shopping list.
Jeanette Madsen is making us want to buy this jolly scarf-and-sweater set from Alexa Chung’s namesake label, and the good news is that these are both now on sale.
Moda Operandi’s Lisa Aiken has one of the best eyes in the business and a strong track record of spotting new talent. The handbag she is backing this season is this rectangular leather top-handle bag.
If its exposure on the streets of fashion week is anything to go by, Saks Potts’s fur-collar coat is set to be the style of the season.
This bag brand has been on the cusp of fame for a while now, but it seems as though the fashion crowd has finally caught onto the Boyy bag’s brilliance.
Three of this season’s biggest trends (pink, cord, and the ’70s blazer) converge in this stylish Acne Studios number.
It’s big and fluffy, and it ain’t afraid to say so. Emma Brewin’s fur bucket hat has surely got to be one this season’s most playful street style trends.
Considering its long history of cult handbags, it comes as no surprise that Chloé is on its way to winning 2019’s It bag accolade. Coming in a range of fabrics and colorways, the C Bag is classic in shape yet still feels incredibly fresh.
They started off strong last year, but with the unexpectedly warm weather across Europe this February, we can see there’s still plenty of mileage to come from The Row’s super-expensive strappy sandals.
We fell head over heels for Topshop’s trench the first time we saw it. Patent and in a retro shade of orange, this is all we want to be wearing this spring.
The Scandi girls at Copenhagen Fashion Week could not get enough of Vagabond’s affordable yet on-trend shoes. The brand’s Lisse Pump is at the top of our wish list.
Whether styled up for a cold day à la Tamu McPherson (pictured here) or worn in the most summery concoction, this bold tiger-print skirt from Rixo is causing a fuss in stylish circles. Everyone wants to get their mitts on it.
There are many items from Rejina Pyo that the fashion crowd chose to stockpile, but right now we’ve been spotting (excuse the pun) this little knotted handle bag during every round of street style pics. It comes in multiple different finishes and colors, with this polka-dot version looking like its sold out everywhere—sorry.
London Fashion Week is over, and, ICYMI, a lot happened this year. Victoria Beckham moved her show from New York to celebrate her label’s 10th anniversary, Riccardo Tisci revealed his second Burberry collection and a whole host of on-point street-stylers took over the sidewalks. So, to give you a taster of the vibe at the AW19 show, here are six trends we saw over the last few days.
The age of beige
Beige was the biggest shade of LFW and, here, Leonie Hanne shows us how to do it without being, well, beige. The German blogger pairs an oatmeal blazer with a cut-out neon top, adding a pair of cat-eye sunnies and statement earrings for that extra finesse. We are not worthy.
Leopard is having a moment RN and it was spotted (scuse the pun) a lot during fashion week. It sure is cute when it comes in a so-2019 satin cami like Masha Sedgwick’s number, which she layers over a khaki green top. To balance out the slinkiness of the dress, she adds chunky Dr. Martens and a slick leather beret.
How many style notes can we cop from this one, let us count the ways: 1) Blazers can be dresses, too. 2) There’s no such thing as too many checks. 3) Sheer black tights are the answer to our cold-weather prayers. 4) A letter necklace is a cute-AF final touch. Need we go on?
Sorbet shades were in abundance throughout the SS19 collections, and they’ve already made their mark for AW19 in the shows of Molly Goddard, JW Anderson and loads more. Stylist Emili Sindlev (who is officially our new style crush BTW) does it in a laid-back way with a lemon sherbet knit and a degradé lilac jeans. PS, how good are those hair clips?
The final straws
If summer came in an accessory, Jacquemus’ straw bag would surely be it. Raffia add-ons like this one are set to be big this season, and they’re not just for your maxi dress on vacay. Wear them with tailoring, sportswear, denim – whatever you fancy, really.
We’re pretty proud of London’s sneaker game – it’s still the city in which you’ll see the most major trainers over fashion month. Chunky shapes in bold colours remain the style of choice for showgoers, with kicks like the adidas Falcon enjoying a starring role.
Meet Lisa Aiken, fashion director of Moda Operandi and one of our personal style icons here at Who What Wear. Lisa is championed within the industry for setting trends and spotting new designers like it’s no one’s business. No really—if there’s a cool new brand or rising trend, she’s not only already wearing it, but has edited it into Moda Operandi’s shopping selection for all to enjoy. Since we’re always looking to Lisa for our every next shopping move was somewhat of a regular occurrence, we’re thrilled she’s agreed to come to join us as a columnist on the site serving the latest and greatest when it comes to trends, style, and shopping. Today, it is with great honor and excitement that we welcome her as she discusses the trends we’re seeing and will be seeing more of throughout fashion month.
I confess I am the ultimate social shopper, and with fashion month officially in full swing, I just can’t wait for my Instagram feed to be hijacked with an endless stream of new trends and styling ideas. Not every trend that walks the runway will be a hit in the real world, so here are my predictions on those we will see all over the streets.
“Leopard is a neutral. Yes, we know, we know. However, fashion’s love affair with animal print has been taken to the next level. From the monochromatic appeal of zebra stripes to chic printed snakeskin, we will no doubt see an abundance of print and texture outside the shows. Have no fear when it comes to styling—you can layer multiple pieces together for a head-to-toe look, or alternatively invest in an accessory like these snakeskin boots from Paris Texas.”
“This square-toe gives an instant cool factor to your footwear, especially when it comes to boots. This is one of Phoebe’s lasting trends that she instilled in Celine devotees everywhere—where she goes, we all follow.”
“As a child of the ’80s, the headband is a major throwback of an accessory trend for me. Was I dubious at first? Absolutely. But after a week with the style-setting Scandis for Copenhagen Fashion Week, I am converted. Use this finishing touch as an instant update for the most basic of outfits; a simple cashmere sweater and denim outfit, suddenly becomes ‘a look’ with the addition of a satin padded headband.”
“With the plummeting temperatures of New York Fashion Week, we all rely on a lineup of statement outerwear (and a lot of Uniqlo Heattech layers) to stay warm as we run between shows. This season it will be a case of the bigger, the better when it comes to our outerwear wardrobe. Keep it skinny on the bottom to really emphasize the silhouette of your puffer/trench/overcoat/Balenciaga-inspired parka.”
Fashion month is here, and the style set are descending on the streets of New York, It bags and skinny lattes in hand. Deciding what to wear on a busy day of shows is no mean feat – you’ve got to look stylish, stay comfortable and brave whatever weather sitch you find yourself in. But what’s tricky for showgoers is great for us and our bank of cold-weather-outfit inspiration. Here, six editors break down their fashion-month style approach and, spoiler, it involves a lot of layering.
Nicole Akhtarzad, Market Editor at Who What Wear
‘For NYFW this season, I don’t think we have much of a choice but to make it all about outerwear. I’ll be wearing some fun statement coats, as well as a few simpler blazers and jackets layered together. I’ll be styling them with leather separates, turtlenecks and mock-croc accessories, like this little black bag.’
Natasha Bird, Digital Editor at Elle UK
‘Broadly speaking, the approach on my team is to be slightly more conscious of our sustainability drive than we have been in recent years. Obviously, we all love dressing up and selecting some amazing designer pieces to wear to the shows – who doesn’t love a bit of peacocking? But we’re aiming to be more mindful about re-using our favourite accessories and including vintage items. And the other thing I’m definitely going to be doing is layering! I’ve got a great long-sleeved white roll-neck that can go under anything. It’s very ski-season chic.’
Emma Firth, Online Fashion and Beauty Editor at Hunger Magazine
‘My London Fashion Week looks can appear haphazard to say the least. Among the inevitable sartorial dilemmas, there’s one staple that will always make an appearance: a blazer. There are three reasons for this: 1. You can literally pair it with anything (it can dress up your jeans to contrast with a free-flowing 70s dress). 2. It makes me feel more ‘put together’ – even after long hours rushing around town / having five minutes to get ready in the morning. 3. Looking like Richard Gere in American Gigolo is no bad thing. Currently, I’m into this Mango number.’
Naomi Pike, Digital Editor at Miss Vogue
‘While fashion week can really be as fun as it looks, it involves the busiest days of the working year for most of us involved. The last thing you want to be worrying about is a pair of trousers that are too tight or heels that pinch at every step. This season, I’ve picked up a pair of pink denim jeans from ASOS that I’m looking forward to wearing with a skate tee, a mini bag and one of my favourite faux-fur coats. Having been going to the shows for the best part of the last five years, I’ve learned to do a mini ASOS haul in the week before to stock up on things like tights, hair clips and socks.’
Hannah Almassi, UK Editorial Director at Who What Wear
‘With the weather forecast looking like things are set to remain miserable out there, I’m determined to invest in a bold piece of outerwear, like this multicolour checked number. I won’t be the person wearing the latest spring dress and sandals (and nothing else). Instead, I’ll be the one wrapped up in a cosy coat with layers, knee-high boots and a flat white to go! You can still nod to the new season with carefully chosen colours, cuts and finishes.’
Sarah Karmali, Digital Editor at Harper’s Bazaar
‘For the February shows, you can pretty much guarantee temperamental weather, so I’ll be thinking outerwear first when it comes to my outfits – good coats, knee-high boots and roll-neck jumpers to protect from the elements. Also, it sounds obvious, but comfort is key – if I’m wearing heels, I’ll always have a spare pair of flats in my bag. Fashion week is not the time for blisters!’
We’re about to reach that point in the season where we get stuck in this weird place of feeling like we have nothing to wear. Maybe it’s because we’ve used up all our creative outfit ideas, or maybe we are just sick of all our winter clothes but don’t really want to buy anything new. After all, spring is coming (eventually), and we all have our sights on the light, bright, and most importantly not-remotely-wintery pieces in all the new arrivals sections of all our favorite sites. Spending anything additional on a coat or boots just feels redundant.
So what’s one to do? Well, as I pointed out last week, one solution is to look to what your favorite celebrities are wearing and essentially copy their outfits. Since then, however, I also remembered that street style is abundant with inspiration. Most recently, Milan men’s and Paris couture fashion weeks brought with them a trove of enviable looks and ideas just waiting to be emulated. Below I highlighted six easy style tips to help you dress cooler throughout the rest of winter without having to buy anything new. Of course, if you’re still in the market for anything—no judgement—we’ve included a little shopping to help you get the looks, too.
- Combine All Your Neutrals
This works especially well with of-the-moment beige and white.
But your black, navy, gray, and brown pieces will also definitely do the trick.
- Give Grandma Dressing a Go
Does the name make a bit more sense when you see this picture? Think combining all your most eccentric pieces and it somehow coming together perfectly.
Oh, and a silk scarf is non-negotiable.
- Add an Un-Seasonal Item
Surprise your fellow winter warriors by adding a non-seasonal item such as a summery straw bag into the mix.
Don’t wait until spring to sneak some tie-dye into your look.
- Try Wearing Two Bags
Because two bags are better—and more eye-catching—than one.
Courtney Trop’s big and tiny Jacquemus bag combo makes her outfit all the more interesting.
- Mix Your Prints
Leopard and logo is a great place to start.
If you’re into a more subtle look, combine different versions of the same print for equal appeal.
- Double Up on Outerwear
Assuming you have two blazers lying around, why not layer them?
Another option is styling the structured piece under a long trench.
There’s nothing like adding a touch of flower power to your wardrobe to get you in the mood for spring. Scared of it going too girly? We picked our five favourite floral pieces to show you how to style them with an edge…
- The floral everyday dress
Ease your way into the trend by pairing a muted floral maxi dress with a pair of chunky-heeled boots and a denim jacket to give it a cool twist.
- The ditsy floral skirt
Great news: we’ve given our most-loved satin skirt a floral update for spring! Dress it down by adding an oversized jumper and add a touch of colour with your accessories.
- The graphic floral print top
Tone down a bold and graphic floral print top by pairing it with this season’s trending ecru colours. Opt for a pair of colour-coordinating sunglasses perfects to round it off.
- The Bohemian floral blouse
Distressed denim and flatform trainers can give even the most girly pieces an edge. Then complete the look with a tailored longline duster and a rope mini bag.
- The floral satin dress
Create an unexpected contrast by layering an apple-coloured floral slip over a black rollneck and keep the rest of the look all-black-everything. A standout dress doesn’t need any distractions…
Whatever the weather or occasion, you can always depend on denim. From jeans to jackets, the fabric is on constant rotation in our wardrobes. So, to keep the classic piece fresh this season, we’re looking to vintage cuts, fresh shades and slick add-ons. Keep scrollin’ for our top tips on how to wear it now.
To start, why not swap out your trusty blue jeans for a cream or white pair? A wide-leg, cropped style will be your go-tos this season, trust. They’ll match with basically anything, but an earthy denim jacket is a good option – brown is the shade of the season, after all. To mix up the neutral vibe, a pinch of print is always a win, while resin details are the cherry on top.
Fit: boyfriend. Colour: lilac. Styling: androgynous. This look mixes three of our favourite things. It also begs the question: why wait for spring to wear pastels? Fresh shades like these will bring some (much-needed) fun to your ‘fit now. And banana-shade Chuck Taylors to finish? Sign us up.
Flared jeans are back, and you can thank the return of the 70s trend. Combine them with a simple ribbed knit to channel icons of the era like Farrah Fawcett and Jane Birkin. To update it for now, reach for this season’s version of the bum bag and cute embellished hair clips. You can file this one under work-to-weekend wins.